Windows, Mac, or Linux?

Hi! I’m back! (I feel like I have to say that everytime…)

I feel like this issue should be addressed as this is a question many people ask me: Windows or Mac (or Linux for the cool people :D) Also, warning, I may be a little biased.

Windows

Ahh… Windows… All the way back from 1985 you were a big change… Now… you’re so big… ; ‘ ( .ANYWAY… Windows is an operating system developed by Microsoft. It’s main OSes are Windows 10 and Windows 7. Windows 10 features a plethora of programs to download off the internet and… some from a Windows Store (that no one uses).  It features a geometrical interface in the start menu. Windows 7 features a “glassey” look called Aero and was made in 2009. It is arguably the most popular and very well known.  It features the most programs made for it with a decent amount of customization. However, since it is so well known, many hackers target Windows PCs.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X is an operating system developed by Apple. Their OS is only available for their special computers. Their desktops are decent, but many people get their laptops. There… in MY OWN opinion… is a wreck. 1) the ports. Let’s look at the Macbook Air (which is meant to be thin). They have 2 USB 3 ports, 1 Thunderbolt 2 port, a MagSafe 2 port (for chargers), an SD card, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. WHAT ABOUT ETHERNET??? WHAT ABOUT HDMI??? In the effort to make it pleasing to the eye and lightweight, they have removed the essentials. As Albert Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Apple may have crossed that line. Now, you must use 1 USB port for a mouse (optional) and a USB dongle for anything else.

On the other side, Apple’s computers do look very nice. They come in a stylish design and a sleek operating system. Although relatively pricey, non customizable, and as developed for gaming (regular work is fine), It is a good choice for the non computer savvy.

Linux

Linux. Linux refers to a kernel, which OSes are built of off. However, unlike the Windows or Mac kernel, Linux is open source. This meaning that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Linux operating system. One plus of these is that because there are so many, you can find one to fit your needs. For Windows looking, Linux Mint. For Mac looking, Elementary OS. For customization, Arch Linux. One downside is that you have to uninstall your current OS (typically Windows, but can be Mac) to get it. However, Linux is generally lightweight and can even be run of a USB!

One downside to Linux is its availability of programs. As you may have noticed, Linux is not generally developed for as it is small, but then each OS has to be given a new program specifically for it. Luckily, most of the operating systems are based off of one (Ubuntu/Debian). This makes it easy. There is also WINE (which also works for Macs) which allows Windows programs to run on it. Linux also generally has much more customization options than the previous OSes. Even in this light, there has to be downsides. Linux (depending on the operating system) can get very advanced, especially when dealing with the Terminal, a program where you enter commands to the computer. Once past this, Linux is great!

 

So what do you think? I would NOT make your final decision about what OS to decide from here, but use this as a starting point. All operating systems are great and I hope you make a decision!

Oh yeah, also, I use Windows on my main PC and Linux (Linux Mint) on my laptop.

On a final note, I just wanted to say if you wanted to support me in any way, go here to support me. Thank you!

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